Thursday, April 21, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAY - What Was Your First Higher-End Palette?

My first eyeshadow palette was the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction palette. I had purchased it for $16 from Nordstrom Rack. I had seen them on display a few times at the store but never bothered to pick it up. I wasn't a die hard Pulp Fiction fan nor did I love seemingly "boring" shades. Most of my eyeshadows were from the drugstore and I had a few UD eyeshadow singles but I wasn't very interested in acquiring more higher end makeup for myself...yet!

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette
I hadn't been bitten by the neutral eye makeup bug yet, so aside from the cool-looking packaging, I wasn't all that interested in the shades in this palette. Out of curiosity, I looked up some swatches of the palette when I got home and lots of beauty bloggers had raved about the pigmentation and blendability of it. I decided on a whim that I'd pick it up the next time I saw it.

At this time, I was still pretty dense when it came to skin undertones, so I was very pleasantly surprised when these colors looked so harmonious on my face. I read some more about the palette and learned that it leaned warm, thanks to this post by Christine at Temptalia. It was a nice pairing with my light neutral-warm-yellow-olive skin. Up to this point, I was all about colorful eyeshadows but it's hard to find shades in the drugstore that didn't clash with my skin tone when I could finally get them to show up. 

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette
The real game-changer for me is the shade Tyranny. In the pan, it wasn't the most gorgeous shade I had ever seen so I had very low expectations for it. Because it's such a warm shade of brown, it actually perked up my face. I later on realized that a lot of brown shades I owned were emphasizing my undereye circles and were clashing with my coloring and made me look dull. That's no good!

I thought that the little dual-ended brush was so cute and I love the bold red wand. It's actually very useful since the bristles are densely packed and makes this palette very travel-friendly. The flap is magnetic but it isn't the most secure thing in the world. I'm usually very careful with my makeup anyway so I wasn't worried about being rough with it.

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Palette. Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Righteous, Tyranny, Vengeance, Furious/Anger.
This little gem of a palette changed my perception of neutrals. It wasn't that neutrals aren't beautiful, it was because I wasn't choosing the right colors for my own face! This palette is perfect to tie into an office-appropriate look. It's compact enough to throw into your purse. And if you're going out after work, you can add a little more of Furious to your lash line for a more dramatic nighttime look. I actually wish I picked this up sooner!

What was your first higher-end eyeshadow palette? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. My first high-end palette was the Too Faced Neutrals palette in the old packaging! I remember getting it off amazon and being in awe that I actually bought a high end palette. I think that's when I started really liking Too Faced. I was still scared to use the dark brown shades in the outer corners to create depth! I was still new to makeup at the time.

    1. It's so exciting once you start to collect these gems. Now do you use dark browns regularly?

    2. yes! everything just came with practice over time but I love the dimension it gives

    3. Yes! Practice really does make perfect!